Dr. Jeffrey A. Singer on Electronic Health Records

One of the most controversial features of ObamaCare is “the individual mandate,” which requires the uninsured to obtain coverageBut there was another health care mandate buried in the 2009 stimulus act that should not be overlooked – this one for doctors. Starting this year, doctors who don’t adopt the federal government’s standardized electronic health records (EHR) system will be fined – and that fine will increase every year for the next decade. While modernizing records may seem like an important step toward reducing health care costs, people like Dr. Jeffrey A. Singer are paying the fine and ignoring the mandate. Don’t worry, technophiles – Dr. Singer is all in favor of going digital when physicians contract with private firms to build systems to match their personal practices. Dr. Singer, a general surgeon and adjunct scholar at The Cato Institute, joins Bob to discuss how the record-keeping mandate translates into longer wait times, less face time for patients with doctors, and an all-around less responsive and less humane health care system.

Overruling Government Overreach: Damon Root on the Libertarian Legal Movement

In his new book "Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court," Reason Magazine Senior Editor Damon Root takes up a central question to our Constitution: Should the courts exercise restraint by allowing lawmakers to craft a wide range of legislation, or should they more actively defend individual rights from being overridden by majority rule? In fighting for the latter position, libertarians find themselves opposed to a long line of legal giants, from the progressive champion Oliver Wendell Holmes to conservative icon Robert Bork. Complicating matters, "judicial activism" has developed a reputation for abuse in the hands of politically-motivated judges. But in recent years, a libertarian legal movement rooted firmly in the Founders' vision of individual rights has grown to challenge the legacy of judicial restraint. Root will join Bob for the full hour this Sunday to discuss how a small "elite core of frontline fighters" has overcome the odds in numerous cases – from gun control to occupational licensing – to persuade judges to overrule government overreach.

Would You Want Obama to Be Your Doctor? He Already Is

Obamacare has dominated the news for past few years and is likely to continue to on the front pages for some time to come. Despite the coverage of the broken promises, the easily hack-able healthcare.gov website, and the uncertainty of whether we have insurance or not, several issues have been ignored or insufficiently covered. Namely (i) the profound effect of O-Care on the healthcare which everyday Americans will receive, (ii) and what will happen to the very profession of medicine? The outlook is not good. It is undisputed that our medical treatment will be controlled (in the worst sense of the word) by Washington, with our doctor not exercising her best judgment, but rather merely obediently following the protocols imposed on her and on you by faceless, (and seemingly soul-less) bureaucrats. Washington’s goal is simply to keep the costs down, even it means more death and a lower quality of life. No one knows more about this than Dr. Jeff Singer, a practicing general surgeon and Cato Scholar, who has written extensively on this and has appeared in the national media. Dr. Singer joined Bob last Sunday to discuss this. Given the constraints of radio, he was not able to perform any surgical procedures for callers.

Obama’s next assault on our wallets will be “income inequality,” which will be on the evening news from now to the 2014 midterm elections. Both sides of this issue from in the last half hour by Bob and Brian Edwards-Tiekert in studio. Brian is the host of “Upfront” heard weekday mornings on the Bay Area’s leading Progressive voice, KPFA (941. FM).

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Will Americans Accept Second Class Medicine?

It is clear that Obamacare (and Medicare before it) will precipitate the decline in the quality of medical care in America. It will cause talented doctors to leave the profession, reduce the number of health care professionals available to provide us with the services we have come to expect and it will ultimately give us “post office” quality medicine with “IRS quality sensitivity.” Are we ready for that? Or will Obamacare self- destruct, leaving us with a totally free market system of health care the likes of which we have not seen since before WW II? In this Sunday’s encore episode, Bob is joined by Jeff Singer: surgeon, writer and libertarian. He has seen the erosion of medicine from the inside. His Reason Magazine article titles tell it all – “How Government Killed the Medical Profession” and “The Depressing Future of American Health Care.” This is so important that Bob spends the full ninety minutes of his show with Jeff. They will tell what you don’t want to hear, but must. They even see a light at the end of this very long and dark tunnel. It will surprise you.

Will Americans Accept Second Class Medicine?

It is clear that Obamacare (and Medicare before it) will precipitate the decline in the quality of medical care in America. It will cause talented doctors to leave the profession, reduce the number of health care professionals available to provide us with the services we have come to expect and it will ultimately give us “post office” quality medicine with “IRS quality sensitivity.” Are we ready for that? Or will Obamacare self- destruct, leaving us with a totally free market system of health care the likes of which we have not seen since before WW II? In this episode, Bob is joined by Jeff Singer: surgeon, writer and libertarian. He has seen the erosion of medicine from the inside. His Reason Magazine article titles tell it all – “How Government Killed the Medical Profession” and “The Depressing Future of American Health Care.” This is so important that Bob spends the full ninety minutes of his show with Jeff. They will tell what you don’t want to hear, but must. They even see a light at the end of this very long and dark tunnel. It will surprise you.


No They Can’t

Who is the “they” and what “can‘t” they do? In this episode, John discusses his new book “No They Can’t – Why Government Fails but Individuals Succeed.” As you all know, John is host of Stossel, which appears every Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern on the Fox Business Channel. We wish our show could be 12 hours long, but it’s not, so Bob and John have narrowed their discussion topics down to public education, TSA, Obamacare, occupational licensing, minimum wage laws, nanny state (and they touch on about a thousand other red meat issues that are important).

Who’s Looking Out for Us?

For over 20 years, attorney Larry Klayman has used the courts to successfully hold our elected officials accountable for their illegal and sometimes unconstitutional acts.  From Clinton to Obama, Klayman has used the law to enforce the law.  As founder of Judicial Watch and more recently of Freedom Watch, he has taken on Whitewater, the Ground Zero Mosque, immigration laws, ObamaCare, Iran and even Facebook.  Klayman tells it all in this episode.  He answers questions on the work of Freedom Watch and Judicial Watch and he elaborates on his experiences in taking on the powerful.  Radio at its very best.